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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:46 pm    Post subject: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I plan to move back to Missouri, near the farm where I grew up, and have a towing question, since I need to bring my stuff.

I found a trailer that I'm thinking about buying, it's a converted box truck and would like to ask what you think, if this would work?
The size is 14 feet by 7 feet and probably 7 feet tall, plus 2 ft off the ground.

I have an F150, with a 5.4, towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, so I think I can pull it.

I m thinking about towing questions like:
- What does it mean that the front of this is larger than most trailers? Does that cause problems, such as excessive wind resistance?
- Do the wheels look like they are in the correct place for this size trailer? So it would put the correct amount of weight on the hitch.
- Does this seem like it would tow correctly behind a pickup, with weight in the trailer? No Sway, etc at 55mph?
- What else should I be thinking about?

The seller said they just made it and haven t used it much yet. I like it because it larger than normal trailers you can rent at Uhaul, but wondering if it's a good design.

Thanks for any help


 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:46 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It probably hadn?t got any brakes that?s the main thing I would
worry about with only a half ton in front of it
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:53 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote



Arrange to weigh it before you buy it. I suspect that it will be a load for your 150 before you put anything in it. In addition you will feel the wind resistance do to the height.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:40 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Height is one of the lesser considerations, First, you need a tandem it looks heavy. A truck has heavier frame then a trailer of similar capacity would have because the rear wheels must handle the torque of propulsion. Hydraulic brakes could be made up, but would require more components on the truck, adding to cost. It may still have the differential components in the rear end adding weight. Look for a trailer that can re sold after the moving is done without a great loss. Factory equipment sells better than shop made trailers.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:42 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wouldn't. As stated, it looks heavy empty. Tongue weight would be pretty high. What has he done for the trailer brakes? Maybe they haven't used it much because it doesn't work very well.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Too much trailer for that truck, both in weight (plus all of your stuff) and only being a single axle. Very easy to
load incorrectly. The height of the trailer will be a big parachute behind your truck (have you ever pulled a hard
body camper?). If there's no brakes, that can make for some hair raising stops (again.......the weight of the
trailer and your stuff).
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I know in Mass, the first question down here would be: "Does it have a title?" If not it would be more of a pain to register on the road. It looks like it can be towed with your truck.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

NO...???????????..I used to have an old cut off van trailer,that thing was HEAVY.it probably weighed 4 or 5 thousand empty,and the trailer in your picture looks to be physically 4 times the size of mine,and no matter how you add it up,thats a lot for a 1/2 ton with no trailer brakes.i wouldn't do it,it ain't worth risking your truck and or who is in it.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:49 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Judging from the picture, I will highly recommend that you just walk away from that trailer.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:47 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It looks like it could be used as a portable storage shed rather than as a trailer. Park it and put it up on blocks until you are ready to empty it and move it again. Similar to those old semi trailers that are no longer road worthy.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The tongue looks insufficient compared to what you would see on most trailers of that size. As was mentioned, a trailer of that size and weight should also be a tandem so that the tongue weight is kept under control. A trailer that heavy would definitely need to have brakes as well.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:55 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Any trailer over 3000 lbs requires
functional brakes to be legal on the road
so that would be the first question. As
others have said, balancing a trailer that
long on a single axle will be difficult.
And, that tongue doesn't look compatible
with a weight distributing hitch which
would make the stability even worse. I'd
walk away from that one.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:39 am    Post subject: Re: Will this work? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


When I moved I rented a U-Haul truck for my shop. Way cheaper than the problems you will have with that trailer. Rent a trailer for your pickup or car dolly and tow it back.
 
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